I don't know how many phone calls my house gets in a day that say "name unavailable" on the caller ID. Have you ever wondered who's calling?
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
Given the delays to the release of Windows Vista and the grief that's causing to system resellers, it looks like some sort of upgrade coupon is in the works. This follows news that Microsoft will be going to additional lengths to assuage customers that are signed up for the company's Software Assurance plan.
If you're like me, then you're probably one of those people who often procrastinates when Microsoft's Update component either tells you it has updates to install, or asks if you want to reboot now or later (after installing an update). Because of whatever applications I have open, what's going on in those apps, and what a pain it would be to get back to that state, the loss in productivity means that I can almost never afford to reboot when Microsoft Update wants me to.
The new tech publishing moguls, following in the footsteps of Jason Calacanis' Weblogs Inc. and Nick Denton's Gawker network, are moving fast to expand their networks and coverage.
The other day, I had a discussion with my four year-old son whom I believe to be a budding entomologist. He's never happier than when bugs are crawling all over him.
Scott Lemon has been writing lately about what companies (like Google) know about you. In a post called "Google knows who you really are" he concludes: Google knows you like no one else.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss the intersection of technology and terrorism in light of today's failed plot to blow up airplanes in the UK and US, AOL's privacy violation in publishing the search histories of more than 650,000 of its users and Apple's Leopard operating system tease and Mac Pro introduction.
Yesterday, when my colleague Dan Farber and I interviewed VMware CEO Diane Greene for a podcast here on ZDNet, Greene noted that the licensing practices of some of today's vendors are out of lockstep with the direction that technology is taking. If you ask me, that point couldn't be better exemplified by the direction that Microsoft's anti-piracy Windows Genuine Advantage technology is heading when juxtaposed against the benefits of virtualization technology like that which VMware sells.
Guy Kawasaki conducts a brief Q&A with marketing guru Seth Godin. In the interview, Guy asks Seth to give examples of brands build by having conversations with customers, how companies deal with criticism and what enabled him to be successful, which elicted this answer: No ulterior motive.
According to The Register's reporting on this morning's foiled terror plot, passengers looking to fly out of UK airports this morning were not only asked to stow all of their carry-on luggage, they were asked to put any electronics in that luggage. The crackdown on wireless technology apparently included "wireless keys" (often used for cars, but sometimes for other things too) fueling speculation that authorities were concerned about remote detonation.